Goose, Duck and Garganey

  • Paulo E. S. Munekata
  • Igor Tomašević
  • Daniel Franco
  • Francisco J. Barba
  • Belén Gómez
  • José Manuel Lorenzo


Duck, goose and garganey are waterfowls consumed in a lower proportion than chicken. These species are of great economic importance in Asia, Europe and USA. Among the three species, duck is the main bird produced for the meat system while goose is commercially produced by at lower proportion than duck. Differently, garganey is considered as game meat, which has been poorly studied in last decades. The productive system of duck and goose share similarities with which other such as physical structure, animal management, feeding strategies, management of environmental conditions, transport, and slaughter. However, these variables and related aspects of farming and meat processing can be managed in order to obtain safe and high-quality fresh meat. This chapter aim to present and discuss the main aspects related to waterfowl’s meat production and meat quality characteristics.


Waterfowls Farming Productive system Meat quality Pekin duck 



Paulo E. S. Munekata acknowledges postdoctoral fellowship support from Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO, Spain) “Juan de la Cierva” program (FJCI-2016-29486). José M. Lorenzo and Paulo E. S. Munekata are members of the MARCARNE network, funded by CYTED (ref.116RT0503).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo E. S. Munekata
    • 1
  • Igor Tomašević
    • 2
  • Daniel Franco
    • 1
  • Francisco J. Barba
    • 3
  • Belén Gómez
    • 1
  • José Manuel Lorenzo
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro Tecnológico de la Carne de Galicia, Parque Tecnológico de GaliciaOurenseSpain
  2. 2.University of Belgrade, Faculty of AgricultureBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Nutrition and Food Science Area, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Food Sciences, Toxicology and Forensic Medicine Department, Faculty of PharmacyUniversitat de ValènciaValènciaSpain

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